Ephs Hosting the USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regionals This Weekend

Ephs Hosting the USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regionals This Weekend

Complete Results for 2012 USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regional

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Singles Final to Be Played on Monday; Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer of Williams Capture Doubles Crown at USTA/ITA Regional

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Tournament ended with solid matches on Sunday on the indoor courts on the Williams campus.

The biggest surprise in singles matches was Amherst's unseeded Ben Fife advancing to the final by defeating #1 seed Mark Kahan, also from Amherst, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. The other semifinal match was between 9-16 seed Andrew Yaraghi (Amherst) and Palmer Campbell of Middlebury. Yaraghi went on to the final in two sets: 6-3, 6-2. The singles final between two Amherst players will be played at Amherst tomorrow, due to an academic obligation.

The level of contest in doubles was equally thrilling. In the first match Bates' #1 seed Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles made their way to the final defeating Williams' 5-8 seed tandem Bryan Chow and Brian Astrachan, 8-4. In the second match of the semifinals, two Williams teams squared off, #4 seed Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer defeated their fellow Ephs Felix Sun and Alex Schidlovsky, 8-4.

The doubles final was a thrill as the match went to the third set, both teams winning one of the first two sets. After the final set the Williams duo was declared winners, bringing the title to Williamstown: 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. "The doubles final was well played by both teams," commented Williams College men's tennis head coach Dan Greenberg on the performance displayed in the final. He continued: "Bates really pushed Trey and Matt to the brink, but I was proud of how our boys stepped it up at the big moments."

Overall, Greenberg remarked:  "it was a great tournament and by far the toughest field we've had in recent memory. D3 tennis gets stronger every year, and our region has a lot of depth. It's exciting to have such a quality tournament at Williams."

The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.

The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Complete Day Two Results

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Day 2 Ends with a Few Surprises at the USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Tournament

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The second day of the USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regional took place on the indoor courts as the chilly weather with occasional rain continued on Saturday.

Similar to day one, day two also ended very late in the evening at around 10:00 PM, due to the limited number of courts indoors on the Williams campus. The tournament proceeded on day two with the third rounds and quarterfinals of both doubles and singles championships.

"There are three newcomers in the semifinals, which bodes well for the league," commented Williams College men's tennis head coach Dan Greenberg on the singles section of the tournament as from the 1-8 seeded players only #1 seed Mark Kahan of Amherst made it to the semifinals, giving #8 seed Steven Milo from Brandeis no chance: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Another seeded player, Matt Bettles (Bates), #6, was downed by Amherst's Ben Fife with sets 1-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). Andrew Yaraghi (Amherst), the only player in the semifinals from the 8-16 group made his way beating #5 seed Edwin Zhang of MIT 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Williams had a tough day as all three of their 1-8 group players were eliminated in the round of 16 with #4 seed Trey Meyer falling to Bowdoin's Noah Bragg: 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; #3 Felix Sun to Alex Johnston of Middlebury: 6-3, 6-4; and #7 Matt Micheli to Palmer Campbell also from Middlebury: 7-5, 6-3. "Even though our guys fell in the round of 16, I was impressed with everyone's play," said Greenberg on the performance of the Ephs. He also noted that he was impressed with Nichols' Brandon Roode making a great run to the quarters, previously beating #2 seed Rob Crampton of Bates in the first round.

The singles matches will continue with Kahan-Fife and Yaraghi-Campbell encounters on the last day of the tournament.

In doubles, Bates' #1 seeded duo Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles smoothly advanced to the semifinals and will face Williams' double Chow and Astrachan. The other game in the semifinals, #4 seed tandem Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer's encounter with Felix Sun and Alex Schidlovsky, might turn out to be an interesting one, as both doubles are from Williams College. "They really came out firing," coach Greenberg commented on Eph doubles having 3 of 4 semifinals spots. "It's great that our three doubles teams advanced to tomorrow's semifinal rounds."

The tournament will proceed with both the doubles and singles semifinals indoors at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning, followed by the finals.

2nd Saturday afternoon update

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Saturday afternoon update

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Complete Day One Results

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Day 1 Almost Lasts 15 Hours at USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regional

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA --  With wet, chilly weather enveloping the Williamstown area on day one of the USTA/ITA New England Regional Men's Tennis Tournament, play was forced indoors on the campus of Williams College.

Playing on a limited number of courts in both the Towne Field House and in Lansing Chapman Rink, play almost reached the 15-hour mark, ending just before 11:00 PM.

Summing up play on day on day one, Williams head coach Dan Greenberg commented, "There were a lot of close sets and match tiebreakers to determine matches, so it was an exciting day."

Being seeded second was an unlucky spot on day one as both the number two seed in doubles and singles were defeated.  Said Greenberg, "The #2 seed in doubles, Matt Skalak/Edwin Zhang from MIT] were defeated by Diego Angel and Dan Stein (Clark) 9-8 (5) and in the last match of the night, Brandon Roode (Nichols) defeated #2 seed Rob Crampton (Bates) 1-6, 7-5, (10-5)."

Crampton and his doubles partner Matt Bettles, the top seeded duo, advanced by downing Palmer Campbell and Jackson Frons (Middlebury) 8-4. The Bates duo will face Ben Fife and Andrew Yaraghi from Amherst on Saturday.

The weather forecast for Saturday is not encouraging for the possibility of moving play outdoors. Play will begin indoors at 9:00 AM and move outside if possible.

Preview

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Again this year Williams College will be hosting the USTA/ITA Division III Men's New England Regional Tennis Championship. The tournament will be played on the Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts. Singles and doubles action begins Friday morning and will conclude with the championship rounds on Sunday.

Twenty New England Division III schools will have singles players and/or doubles tandems competing this weekend.

If inclement weather arrives, play will move from the Hunt Tournament Courts to the Towne Field House and Lansing Chapman Rink. There is no admission fee and the public is encouraged to attend.

"The tournament brings the best players from all over New England, and the field gets deeper every year," noted Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "I think all our guys could have a great tournament, but they'll have tough matches no matter what. I'm excited to host and have our guys compete and represent."

Eph senior Felix Sun won the singles title as a sophomore and has been seeded third in the tournament. Sun is one of three Eph singles players to be seeded in the top eight. Senior Trey Meyer is the fourth seed and junior Matt Micheli is the seventh seed.

The top seed in singles is Amherst's Mark Kahan. Rob Crampton of Bates is seeded second, Edwin Zhang of MIT is seeded fifth and Steve Milo of Brandeis is seeded eighth.

In 2010 Sun advanced all the way to the National Small College Championship match, where he fell to Emory's Dillon Pottish.

Complete Singles & Doubles Pairings.

Last fall the Williams doubles team of Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer won the New England Regional title on their way to winning the NCAA Division III Small College title, before falling to the NCAA Division II champions in the USTA/ITA Super Bowl.

Greenberg has opted not to pair Chow and Meyer at this year's event. Meyer will team with Matt Micheli and are seeded fourth, while Chow and first year Brian Astrachan are seeded in the 5-8 grouping.

The top seeded doubles team this fall is Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles.  Matthew Skalak/Edwin Zhang from MIT are seeded second, while Bowdoin's Doug Caplan and Kyle Wolstencroft are seeded third.

Spencer Lunghino and Alex Johnston from Middlebury; Steven Milo and Josh Jordan from Brandeis; and Aaron Revzin and Jon Cypers from Amherst are all in the 5-8 seed group.

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